Department of Art History Announces Awards for Two Graduate Students

By Catherine Szilagyi, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing


Gina Greene
The Department of Art History recently announced the winners of its two travel awards for 2005. The recipients, graduate students Gina Greene and Susan Obarski, can now look forward to making their way across the Atlantic Ocean this summer to further their studies in France and England, respectively. More importantly, this opportunity to travel, made possible by the Art History Department, will grant them the ability to pursue in-depth research on their thesis that only traveling abroad could provide.

Gina Greene, the recipient of the $1500 Richard R. Carrott Memorial Student Support Fund, will travel to Paris this summer to conduct research at the Archives de la Prefecture de Police and the Archives Nationale. She also plans on furthering research on her thesis, “The Hausmannization of Paris and the Renegotiation of Feminine Space,”during her time in France. Upon her return in 2005-06, Greene will present an oral presentation of her work sometime during that academic year.

“As the recipient of this year's Carrott Memorial Award, I want to express my deep gratitude. This award will permit something that for me would have otherwise been impossible—the opportunity to travel to France and work directly with archival materials in Paris,” Greene commented.

Susan Obarski

The additional award presented went to Susan Obarski, recipient of the Barbara B. Brink Graduate Travel Award. The award, in the amount of $2000, will allow Obarski to travel to England this summer in order to complete research on her thesis on the reception of German Modern art in England in the years leading to World War II. She, too, will give an oral presentation on her research during the 2005-06 academic year, when she returns. For Obarski, the chance to work on her thesis using primary source materials is an invaluable opportunity that only studying in England could offer.

"It is a terrific opportunity for graduate students at UCR to further their art research. My thesis topic has received little scholarly attention, so it simply wouldn’t be possible to write my thesis without first consulting primary source materials in England. I am extremely pleased to have been chosen as the recipient this year,” said Obarski.

This is the first year that the Richard R. Carrott Memorial Student Support Fund has been given out by the Art History department at UCR. The fund is the result of a successful Art History alumni reunion in 2003, during which faculty and alumni expressed an interest in supporting the award. The fund was then endowed in 2004, and Gina Greene became the first student to accept the grant.

In 2004, Barbara Brink established the Barbara B. Brink award through means of her own charitable donations and the support of other faculty and patrons interested in providing an annual $2000 scholarship to Art History graduate students at UC Riverside. Therefore, Susan Obarski is the first recipient of the award.

Both the Richard R. Carrott fund and the Barbara B. Brink award exist for the primary purpose of providing travel funds to graduate and undergraduate students, though they may also provide student support for fees and books, and occasional library acquisitions. Each award also requires a faculty committee from the Art History Department for selecting an undergraduate or graduate student to receive the award. This involves filling out an application form, but also includes the faculty's general knowledge of the students' coursework and other achievements. Students choose their own destinations depending on their areas of academic interest.

For more information about the Art History Department at UCR, the scholarship opportunities therein and academic programs, please visit the Art History website.

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